An important part of healthy youth development is understanding multiple aspects of one’s identity, including those connected to issues of race. Recent research shows that too often adults in the lives of kids deny and ignore racial slurs and tensions because they are scared or lack the skills to intervene. An upcoming multi-state webinar, “ ‘I Don’t See Color’ and Other Harmful Statements: Moving Toward Climates That Support Positive Dialogue About Race,” set for 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Oct. 22, discusses barriers that get in the way of our conversations about race and presents suggestions for engaging in “race talk” based on building community, engaging in deep personal reflection, dialoguing across differences and taking action for social justice. The webinar will feature Shayla R. Griffin, Ph.D., who will draw from her research and forthcoming book titled Those Kids, Our Schools.
Participants will also learn about the Michigan State University Extension’s “Be SAFE: Safe, Affirming and Fair Environment” initiative, which provides a variety of educational resources to help communities reduce and prevent bullying behaviors while promoting healthy social and emotional learning and development.
The webinar’s learning objectives are to:
- Understand how a “color blind” mindset is destructive to healthy development and relationships.
- Learn strategies that will help prepare you to engage in personal reflection and dialogue leading to personal, organizational and community change.
- Explore resources for working with young people to create settings that are safe, affirming and fair.
Registration is $10 and is due by Oct. 19. Registered participants will receive a link to the webinar prior to the event.
For more information, contact Kathy Lechman, Diversity Development, firstname.lastname@example.org.